Well, at least per Andre Rison. Get a load of this guy. While discussing his legacy with an the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Best receiver to ever play the game. I can’t show my highlights because I don’t own NFL Films, but all my coaches in college, in high school, in junior college, they all told me I could be the best. But they must’ve lied because that title was already given to Jerry Rice. Just because you have stats doesn’t mean you’re the best. […] I’m seeing cornerbacks on the 75th anniversary team that I used to demolish. But I’m coming out with my own hall of fame.”
Just think. Your Cleveland Browns, for one year, rostered the best receiver to ever play the game. And he didn’t even have to play “Quincy Morgan Football.” Believe that.
Rison also claims that he could still play the game today, though I think we’re good to go in terms of middle-aged receiving options.
There’s no denying that Rison had a few solid years as a player. There’s also no denying his off-field issues that littered the second half of his stay in professional football. Of course, as a player, I’ll always remember him for this quote:
“I got booed; we all got booed. They were booing after we completed a pass. Frankly, I’m ready to get the hell out of here. Because I don’t deserve it nor do the other players.
“We didn’t make the [expletive] move; so for all the booers, [expletive] you too. I’ll be glad when we get to Baltimore, if that’s the case. We don’t have any home-field advantage. I’ve never been booed at home. Baltimore’s our home. Baltimore, here we come.”
Funny. He never did make it to Baltimore. He did get a crack at the Canadian Football League, however. Before getting released in 2005.